‘Lark Ascending’ UK’s favourite

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The music played during the tearful final moments of Coronation Street’s Hayley Cropper has been named the nation’s favourite piece of classical music.

Ralph Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending hit the top of the annual Classic FM Hall Of Fame list, compiled from more than 100,000 votes from listeners.

The composition – written 
in its earliest form exactly a century ago – toppled Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2, which has reigned for three years.

The Lark Ascending last topped the poll in 2010 and three years ago it was named the nation’s favourite Desert Island Discs tune.